The last seven days have been full on with staff team (or Kainga) meetings to plan our inquiry projects for the start of term 1 and the broader Big Ideas for the rest of 2017; we have had workshops on unpacking our Learning Design Model, Collaborative Teaching in a MLE context, and a highly valuable review of the essence statements of the NZC strands with the Ormiston Senior College staff. All staff have been involved in the pitching and tuning process that has allowed for iteration after iteration of our planning to be created, pulled apart and re-constructed. Staff have successfully come to grips with the idea that planning as we once knew it will no longer suffice for the new paradigm of learning our foundation students will engage in. We have learned to be flexible, accommodating and we are all up for serious critique, especially when it is ‘hard on content yet soft on people’.
One very key aspect to our learning in 2017 will come from the Learning Design Model we have adopted and created - our so-called Jackson 5 or 5E’s is a metacognitive tool or framework to guide robust and deep inquiry (is not a predetermined process or linear path for student thinking). We have been up-skilling on a weekly basis with the key apps students will use on their iPads next year. Stuart Hale (Apple Educator and eLearning Consultant) has taken us through some excellent workshops on some very powerful apps - today we ePublished online interactive books using the Book Creator app.
We would like to pay a tribute to Mel Bland who has been with us for Term 4 and is going onto an Assistant Principal’s role at a local intermediate school. Mel’s affable character, humble leadership and amazing organisational skills has ensured that OJC has been able to meet up with all the enrolled students previous teachers to gather important data and learning stories. She has also dug deep into the linkages between our school vision, values and principles and the graduate profiles for our Year 7-10 learners. Thank you for your attention to detail and cognitive persistence. Mel, we wish you all the best at your new place - they are getting one very special educational leader.
It’s so exciting to be this close to seeing a finished building of this size and magnitude. Our learners are going to be so impressed with this state of the art building (we are so very lucky to be getting this facility!. There are seven key learning commons that have been named for the navigational skills and techniques of early pacific seafarers and explorers and next year's learners will bring the navigational theme alive in their learning and production. Our relationship and dialogue with the Nga tai iwi has been fundamental to our understanding of the local area, history and significance of the land.
Tuesday: Restorative Practice Workshop (What is Restorative Practice?, “that human beings are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them” (Wachtel, 2004). Next Thursday the Ministry of Education’s E.R.O will visit us for the third and final time of 2016 to ensure OJC is ready to open its doors. Friday 16th December is the last official day for NZ schools/school offices and our staff will be heading out for Christmas Lunch